Online, 12 May 2015. The Expo 2015 EU Scientific Steering Committee produced a discussion paper on the role of research in global food and nutrition security as part of its participation at Expo Milano 2015. The discussion document gives an overview of where European research can add the most value in relation to tackling food and nutrition security challenges and points to areas where it can expand research potential.

Online, 8 May 2015. This Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) working paper focuses on why systems thinking is important for nutrition and proposes several approaches to strengthening these systems. “Systems thinking” means paying attention to the unpredictable interactions among actors, sectors, disciplines, and determinants of nutrition. That thinking results in new ways of approaching, analyzing, and solving challenges, which must be applied through policy development, program design, implementation, and research.

Online, 8 May 2015. In the last months several agencies made announcements concerning their future work in development. IDB, EU, MCC and Germany, all members of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, increase their budget, adjust their goals and targets for the next implementation cycle. The adjustments of strategy coincides with the countries’ work and support in the SDG development process and the growing foreign aid flows from non-traditional donor countries.

Online, 5 May 2015. The Food and Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and the Netherlands Academy on Land Governance (LANDac) recently launched a knowledge agenda on land governance and food security. Both organisations will concentrate on two major activities – scoping study on the linkages between land governance and food security and the development of a capacity building trajectory on the same issues. Like the Dutch organisations, many other governance and donor agencies have been investing considerable efforts in building capacities to improve land governance in partner countries.

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